The British Empire and the Second World War
In 1939 Hitler went to war not just with Great Britain; he also went to war with the whole of the British Empire, the greatest empire that there had ever been. In the years since 1945 that empire has disappeared, and the crucial fact that the British Empire fought together as a whole during the war has been forgotten. All the parts of the empire joined the struggle and were involved in it from the beginning, undergoing huge changes and sometimes suffering great losses as a result. The war in the desert, the defence of Malta and the Malayan campaign, and the contribution of the empire as a whole in terms of supplies, communications and troops, all reflect the strategic importance of Britain's imperial status. Men and women not only from Australia, New Zealand and India but from many parts of Africa and the Middle East all played their part. Winston Churchill saw the war throughout in imperial terms. The British Empire and the Second World War emphasises a central fact about the Second World War that is often forgotten.
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The battalion later took part in a battle with Italian forces at Soroppa at the end of
March 1941, and 'A' company was present at the triumphal entry of British
imperial forces into Addis Ababa. The rest of the battalion was employed at the
time in ...
The young nationalist leader Aung San fled to Japanese-occupied China in
August 1940, and three months later met Colonel Suzuki in Tokyo. They then
worked together on the formation of a military force, the Burma Independence
Army (BIA) ...
Freddie Spencer Chapman, later to gain a reputation as a behind-enemy-lines
fighter in Malaya, volunteered to go to Australia and join the team, 'quite certain
that the Japs were shortly coming into the war . . . there seemed as much chance
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